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  1. Clever importing of Bibtex (handle re-importing the same bibtex file)

    Usage: I maintain a single bibtex file, and each time it changes, I simply upload the last version of the bibtex file to Orcid (with new entries or modification of existing entries).

    Problem: When reimporting a bibtex files with new entries, orcid duplicates the data for the existing entries (2 sources instead of one single source that is updated)

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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      As you may imagine, much as we do not disambiguate researchers based on the name alone, we do not disambiguate works (or funding or peer review items) based on the name alone. Grouping is based on the persistent identifier (PID). When multiple works, for example, are added from different sources with the same identifier, they are grouped together on the ORCID record.

      We see this as a good thing: Multiple versions mean multiple assertions of the same data, e.g. a work. This builds trust in the data belonging to that user.

      An example can be seen on the record of our Executive Director Laure Haak (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5109-3700):

      The article “ORCID: connecting researchers and scholars with their works” published in Insights: the UKSG journal has been added by two sources: Crossref and Scopus. The DOI identifier is the same, so the two…

    • ORCID icons format

      On [1], the ORCID icons are given in PNG and GIF formats. This does not allow for seamless scaling of the icons when needed in different sizes.
      Please provide an ORCID icon in a scalable vector format, e.g., SVG.

      [1] http://orcid.org/trademark-and-id-display-guidelines

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        4 comments  ·  Connections with other systems  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi,

        To get a copy of the ORCID logo in a vector format please request one at support@orcid.org and include some information about how you’ll be using it. We’re happy to provide a vector logo for most uses, but we like to know where nonstandard sizes of our logo are going to go, which is why we only publish the logo in png and gif formats.

        Best,
        -Catalina
        ORCID Support

      • I'd like a way to name a "role-based email" for a trusted individual

        I see there is a way now to name someone as a 'trusted individual' to update our record. This might be useful e.g. for getting an individual to look after the profiles of all (say 50) members of a department. However, what happens when the trusted individual leaves employment? would all 50 members have to find a new trusted individual?

        A possible solution might be to allow a group of trusted individuals to update records, so that if one person leaves, other members of that group can still update the records.

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          1 comment  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello,

          Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. The individual ORCID record holder is to choose the trusted individual (ORCID record holder) is able to assist them to personally administer their account. If that trusted individual leaves their institution, they can choose to still retain that trusted individual, or remove their access.

          If you would like to have a more open option that is not based on an individual’s ORCID record, then we would suggest that your organization (department, faculty, institution, etc.) look into using the ORCID API to obtain access to manage the account as a trusted organization. For more on this, see ORCID for research organizations: https://members.orcid.org/research-organizations

          Warm regards,
          ORCID Community Team

        • Allow users to upload pdf file of their publications

          Allowing users to upload the pdf file for each featured publication (files not to be made public, however) would help much. Indeed, this would make the ORCID user profile a repository allowing the user to download his/her own publications when he/she is out of his office (and for some reason, he/she needs a copy of his/her publications, e.g., during Conferences or Congresses, scientific meetings, etc.).

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            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for the suggest, but this outside of the scope of ORCID’s current mission. Right now we’re just focused on ways for researchers to add information and link to complete documents; we don’t have the space or tools to effectively allow for pdf storage.

            But you should look into Figshare http://figshare.com, an ORCID member, which provides free storage for research data as well as publications. And you can link your Figshare account to ORCID, just enter your ORCID iD when you sign up.

            Best,
            -Catalina
            ORCID Support

          • you add email address to the search field when looking up ORCID ID

            Allow searching for ORCID ID by email address as well as name. This would help when one author is uploading a paper and is looking for their co-authors details (especially if they have a common name).

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              0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

              This is not something that we are likely to implement and we are therefore marking it as declined. The visibility setting on email addresses is set to be private by default, and less than 2% of email addresses on the 2+ million ORCID records are visible to the public. This means that offering email addresses as a search option is unlikely to retrieve much information.

              In addition, we do not recommend that you submit your co-author’s ORCID iDs manually. Rather, your manuscript submission system should request that co-authors authenticate their ORCID iDs with their system by signing into their ORCID account.

              Finally, note that searching by email is an option on the ORCID API. You can read more about this at: https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-searching-data-using-api

              Warm regards,

              ORCID Community Team

            • Add access-control-allow-headers: "...Authorization"

              I might be missing something, but... When retrieving data from the public API using the method described at [1], you first fetch an access_token, which then has to be passed in the Authorization header for the subsequent request. Since that is not a CORS-safelisted request-header, though, the browser first performs an OPTIONS request.

              The response does include an "access-control-allow-headers" header, but this doesn't whitelist the Authorization header, upon which the browser blocks the actual request.

              Thus, it'd be nice if that could be added, at least for the /orcid-bio/ request.

              [1] https://members.orcid.org/api/tutorial-retrieve-data-using-public-api

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                0 comments  ·  API Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                ORCID does not offer a secure method to exchange credentials via the browser, which is why we limit its use. We therefore shall mark this idea as declined.

                We would suggest instead that you exchange credentials in a server-to-server setting. You are welcome to join the ORCID API Users Group, a public listserv for all users of the ORCID API as well as members of our development and community teams, to discuss some ideas on how to do this (node.Js). Join us at https://groups.google.com/group/orcid-api-users

                Warm regards,
                ORCID Community Team

              • users authorization

                anyone can sign to ORCID, that is wonderful, but if considering usage of ORCID as a base for providing access to authenticate other services, it is crucial to verify the customer is who it claims to be.

                the idea is, for all the users (despite their being a member of ORCID member/integrated organisation), ask them (can be offered as a feature), to "verify" their account. is done by sending a 0.1$ (some insignificant amount of money) to the special bank account of ORCID. After transfer received, the name of the payer becomes a customer name in ORCID profile. ORCID API…

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                  0 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                  In 2016, we launched the ORCID Trust Program, which describes how we are working to improve our trustworthiness through four key concepts: Individual Control; Reliable Registry; Community Accountability; and Information Integrity. For more on this, see the https://orcid.org/about/trust/home

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                    2 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    As it’s been a few months and I haven’t heard back I’m going to close this iDea. if you are still having issues please contact ORCID Support at support@orcid.org

                    I’m not sure I understand your question. Are you suggesting that researchers should be able to add a phone number to their ORCID record in addition to an email address? Or are you looking for a phone number to contact ORCID? If the later- ORCID doesn’t have a phone number, as we have a very small staff we do all our support over email. If you want to contact us you can email support@orcid.org

                  • Taiwan is not a country !

                    Maybe they can be treated like Hongkong

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                      0 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID registry.

                      The items in the Country list are sourced form the ISO country list of internationally-recognized codes that designates for each country and most of the dependent areas. Suggestions for concise alternate wordings that are widely accepted for this designation are always welcome from the ORCID community.

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                        0 comments  ·  Research Activities-Works  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you for submitting your idea to improve the ORCID Registry. We agree that h-index and other measures of research impact are important and can be improved by use of the ORCID registry. However, usage stats are not in scope for ORCID. Instead, we encourage third parties to use ORCID data to derive usage statistics.

                        In fact, algorithms for measuring usage are being implemented by a number of organizations, several of which are benefiting from ORCID data. In addition, there are a number of sites that are (or will soon be) consuming ORCID data to support calculation of a whole range of research metrics. Check out the Impact Story or PLOS websites for example.

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                          2 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          declined  ·  ShaunShaun responded

                          ORCID is not a journal publisher, we’re a non-profit organization that aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. Our system links with many journal publishers. To publish your paper you’ll need to contact the journal directly, or submit it through the journal’s online system.

                          Best,
                          -Shaun
                          ORCID Support

                        • Log institution postal code and serve via API

                          Many journals require institution postal codes as a part of author affiliation. It would be nice for ORCID to be a "one stop shop" for an authors affiliation, rather than having to look up an institution using some other tool. Additionally, RINGGOLD does store institution postal codes for disambiguated institutions.

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                            2 comments  ·  ORCID Record - Personal Information  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you again for your comment. Again, we are not a registry of organisation information and therefore are marking this idea as declined.

                            We suggest instead that you look into conversations about organisation IDs being had by us and others — see: http://orcid.org/blog/2016/10/31/organization-identifier-project-way-forward

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Team.
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                            Thank you for your comment. Your suggestion falls outside ORCID’s scope. ORCID is about exchanging identifiers related to people, places, and things. We are a Registry for ORCID iDs for individual researchers, and we are not a registry for organisation IDs.

                            ORCID presently uses Ringgold IDs for education and employment affiliations organisations and FundrefIDs for funding organisations. If you would like further information about those institutions, then the expectation is that you would query the respective registries — Ringgold, Fundref — for more information.

                            Warm regards,
                            ORCID Community Team
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                            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

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                            • Show publications in PubMed

                              If a person has imported from Europe PMC or have manually inserted a PMID, I would like a button that would generate the following URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/PMID1,PMID2,PMID3,... for quick and easy access to the articles.

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                                0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                Our understanding is that you are suggesting that the automatic link created on the ORCID Registry when PMID, e.g., 12345678, is added to a work resolve to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12345678 rather than http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/12345678 — is that correct?

                                External work identifiers are added upon the suggestion of our members who use these identifiers when exchanging works data with the ORCID Registry. The Europe PubMed Central — an authorised PMC International centre — has built a Search & Link Wizard which has integrated Europe PMC’s repository with the ORCID Registry, providing a useful service to researchers in helping them connect their works data to their ORCID Records. The Europe PMC receives its journal content directly from the main PMC. Europe PMC are actively adding works with PMIDs to the Registry, which is why the default version resolves to their URL. It…

                              • Add an entry about how to add publications to your account to your FAQ

                                I think you should add an entry about how to add publications to your account to your FAQ. There are a lot of "how tos" that could be in a more obvious place on your web site. Right now, the FAQ only answers questions about what ORCID is.

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                                • ORCID interface should open a new window for the different functions

                                  It would be useful if the ORCID interface would open a new window for the different functions. Now I am trying to write an email about my publication list, but I cannot go back to check my publication without deleting this email.

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                                    0 comments  ·  ORCID User Interface Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for sending us your idea
                                    I’m sorry to hear you had trouble using ORCID´s user interface. We are not sure about what different functions you are talking about since you can only open and filled your ORCID record with your research information.
                                    You do not have an option for sending emails neither in the ORCID interface.
                                    Could you please give us further information as to what are you problems with?

                                    Best regards,
                                    ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                  • Adding a box for free comments to the education and employment box

                                    I realized that in the educational as well as the employment sectors the system asks for the starting date and the ending date.

                                    I think it should be fair to have a box of free comments to argue about possible justification for example for a delay in completing the education percursus. Serious healthy problems for examples might induce delays in completing the percursus of studies and I think it is unfair to force persons to indicate only start and end dates wihtout possibility to comment on that. These parameters are obviuosly indicators of the researchers comminttment.

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                                      0 comments  ·  * Biographical Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for the suggestion, however ORCID isn’t the right system to collect that information.

                                      The goal of ORCID is to provide a Registry of unique identifiers for researchers and allow them to link their identifier to their research out-puts. The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs.

                                      What we suggest that you can use is the biography field because it is free text and some researchers use that to record additional information

                                      Warm regards,
                                      ORCID Community Engagement and Support

                                    • Add the possibility to upload public SSH keys

                                      SSH keys are one fundamental way to identify oneself. Adding the possibility as well as letting people sign something like "My ORCiD is [ORCiD]" can give others more confidence that the account is not a fake. It also gives the possibility to look public SSH keys up.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Collaboration Ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                          The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs. Our goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. We provide an identifier to use with your name as you engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We also provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, your contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

                                          Providing networking services is beyond the scope of our current mission. There are organizations which connect to ORCID which can provide this service much better than we can. We shall mark this idea as declined at present.

                                          Warm regards,
                                          ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

                                            The focus of ORCID is to identify your research outputs. Our goal is to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers. We provide an identifier to use with your name as you engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. We also provide open tools that enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, your contributions, and affiliations. We provide this service to help people find information and to simplify reporting and analysis.

                                            Providing networking services is beyond the scope of our current mission. There are organizations which connect to ORCID which can provide this service much better than we can. We shall mark this idea as declined at present.

                                            Warm regards,
                                            ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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